I was spending some time with the Lord today and I thought He might have been leading me to Phil., chapter three.
Paul starts out reminding us to rejoice in the Lord. When horrible things are happening, it may feel hard to rejoice, yet Paul wrote Philippians while in prison.
One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Phil. 3:12-14.
Php 3:12, (KJV), Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
How often I need to let go of the things in the past! Just lately I got thinking of something I wish I hadn’t said, and this Scripture reminded me to let it go. I confessed it to the Lord, it didn’t cause any damage. Sometimes it’s important to leave things alone and consider that we are not perfect yet. When other people lament over their parenting practices from years past, I often tell them, “You did the best you could at the time.”
These are people I know, people that cared about their children.
People that continually try to improve their parenting skills and their own characters may need to cry out to God for help as they interact with their children, but after the fact, if they goofed and they apologized to their child and tried to keep from repeating their wrong behavior, I say, with Paul, leave it in the past.
It does no good to beat ourselves up. If we’re stuck in a mode that is harming our family members, we’d better get help and remove ourselves from the situation if things are escalating.
That’s why I don’t believe in Evolution. Men and women are not animals; we are human beings not subject to instincts. We can make choices. Humans reason and worship God. Animals do not. Humans can control themselves and seek to know God.
Well, if you haven’t read Philippians, it is a great book of the New Testament. The Bible is a book that never grows old. The more I read it, the more I see things I never saw before.
May God bless you.